Housesitters needed for lovely country cottage
Our house is a lovely old cottage, with original features such as wattle and daub, old beams and stonework detailing. We have a wood burning stove, 3 bedrooms (one king size bed in a large room, two small singles), and an open plan downstairs. It is a small cottage, as old houses round here tend to be, but for a couple or small family/close friends it would be fine.
We have enclosed gardens with veg beds and a ‘cottage garden’ feel. We are still slowly renovating the house, so although all facilities work fine, there are always bits of decorating/finishing we haven’t done yet — I won’t lie and say our house is immaculate, because it’s a small cottage with a family and two dogs, but it’s really cosy and quirky. It is a genuinely cute and pretty little cottage.
Herefordshire is beautiful, with loads of places to walk and explore. Near to historic towns such as Hay on Wye and Ludlow, Hereford is a 10 minute bus ride away from our house but you would be much better off with a car to explore the county more fully.
While we are away, the only thing we really need is the dogs to be looked after. We are very attached to our dogs, and haven’t left them with a stranger before. Sye (the 9 year old) is very easy care — he is fine being left at home for the day and as long as he’s fed, walked and given some love he’s happy.
However Ruby (our 1 year old puppy — new to us as an RSPCA rescue) needs a bit more help. She is a very sweet little thing, loving and playful, but she is still learning certain skills like how to be left on her own without panicking. She also has anxiety issues which can occasionally make her a bit growly — so we really need sitters who don’t have young children with them. She has a crate, which we put her in if we go out (she doesn’t mind this), but she needs to have the TV left on for her and to be given a toy stuffed with food to keep her amused. She also really can’t be left at home alone (without human company) for more than 3 hours at a time. She needs alot of play and attention, although we do have a dog walker who comes in on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She is also learning to be reliably house trained, but she is really close to this so I would think by August she’ll be ok. Her anxiety with other dogs, except Sye, is currently a big issue, and when she sees another dog she can appear to be quite unfriendly, but this is only because she is really afraid of them, so we need someone who when walking them will reassure her and take her away from any situations which frighten her.
They are very sweet dogs, both loving and affectionate, and they adore eachother — Sye is very patient with his enthusiastic new playmate, and although he ‘tells her off’ sometimes, they would never hurt eachother. They like to have a bit of ‘rough and tumble’ play wrestling with eachother and playing ‘tug of war’ with their toys. There are fields behind our house for walking the dogs, so it’s no great problem taking them out for a mooch, and other than that your time is totally your own!